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Some character revivals should be left in the cartoon bottle.

Disney’s latest live-action-ish reboot of the 1992 animated smash success ‘Aladdin’ looks…well…hmmm…OK…I…

As a big fan of Will Smith, this particular role seems like it might be a good idea on paper yet once that paper is animated, it should’ve become perfectly clear that this is simply a character and story that should have stayed bottled from back in Disney’s 1992 vault. Why? Robin Williams.

Need I say more?

I’ll say a little bit more.

The late Robin Williams was a brilliant comedian and actor with a razor-sharp, racing imagination that we will never see again. He was hilarious–ironically with clean and blue comedy–and heartwarming and real and surreal all when he needed to be. That was his gift. And his vocal portrayal of the Genie in ‘Aladdin’ in the early ’90s was perfect and memorable. He brought the Genie to life in a way no other actor could. Attempting a live-action adaptation without Robin Williams just doesn’t work. It’s akin to going forward with ‘Mrs. Doubtfire 2’ without Robin Williams.

Will Smith, good intentions aside, cannot embody this Genie role. Pus, the blue look on Mr. Smith doesn’t help…at all (just ask Tobias Fünke). It looks like either a caricature or an imaginative letdown of the famed magical character in the trailer above.

After seeing the fan reaction to this brand new trailer–specifically, that one character–Disney may be hoping for a wish or two that might involve a time-traveling DeLorean.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

P.S. The same scene–and more–involving the Genie from above, just with Robin Williams. 

You see my point. 

A Mind Trip Unlike Any Other

The man’s name was Robin Williams. The man’s occupation was making people laugh. And the formula for comedy is tragedy plus time.

We owe Robin Williams, the man who made us laugh out loud and cry like no other comic (Mrs. Doubtfire, dears), to take the time to hear and understand his personal tragedy that, evidently, was a parallel force pulling at the imaginative, faster-than-lightning comedic genius.

This brand new trailer for the brand new HBO documentary ‘Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind’ will make us laugh and make us cry. Hopefully, HBO has timed the release date of Monday, July 16 at 8 p.m. ET correctly so audiences can appreciate both emotions separately and as one.

One final picture of the art form known as Robin Williams.

Mom, Thank You for Everything!

(The title is not only true and sincere, but it will also make more sense after you watch the video below)

Remember when Robin Williams (RIP) told the story about winning an Oscar? Here’s a refresher on this Throwback Thursday

Robin Williams was a once-in-a-lifetime talent. We can’t forget how he made us laugh with comedy, cry with drama and, above all, feel better connected with life by finding humor in its countless comedic moments and tribulations.

We miss you, Robin Williams.

RIP Robin Williams

Yesterday, the world stopped laughing.

Checking my Twitter feed last night around 7:30 p.m., The Hollywood Reporter headline read, “Breaking: Robin Williams dies of suspected suicide.” Learning this shocking news for the first time was a moment of pure disbelief. How? Why? Tragically, the only answer that could be given was that it happened. While his personal struggles were not a tightly-kept secret, it doesn’t make this situation any easier. From his elaborate stand-up to wild and hilarious improvising on late night television to his family-oriented classics to his more serious roles in an academic setting to his relentless creative energy, Robin Williams was an icon and a fan favorite of people from multiple generations.

He was one-of-a-kind.

His talent helped define stand-up comedy, improvisation and molded countless childhoods. The following video clip is certainly not enough to fully remember Robin Williams, but it’s a start.

Rest in Peace Robin Williams.